What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care -- an art, science and practice of preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the human mind and body.
Naturopathic physicians work with their patients to prevent and treat acute and chronic illness and disease, restore health, and establish optimal fitness by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopaths focus on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body's inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health by identifying and removing barriers to good health and helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
How do Naturopathic Physicians Help Patients?
Prevention of disease is emphasized through public health measures and hygiene as well as the encouragement and guidance of persons to adopt lifestyles which are conducive to optimal health.
Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual's state of health are accomplished by integrated modern and traditional, clinical and laboratory diagnostic methods.
Treatment and Care
Therapeutic methods and substances are used that work in harmony with the person's inherent self -healing process.
NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments we treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, autism, gastrointestinal health, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Source: The Amercian Association of Naturopathic Physicians